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Comic #1682

1 Lambert: It's Footcrag! We've come out the same side of the mountain range as we went in!
1 Dwalin: Dinnae be stuppid, laddie. {translation: Don't be stupid, lad.}
2 Dwalin: I led ye through yon moontains, 'n' oot the uther side, ye ken. {translation: I led you thorugh the mountains, and out the other side, you know.}
2 Mordekai: You can see where Kyros blew up their tavern!
3 Dwalin: What are ye goin' tae believe? Mere circumstantial evidence, oor thu word o' an experienced scion o' thu moontains wi' an infallible sense o' direction? {translation: What are you going to believe? Mere circumstantial evidence, or the word of an experienced scion of the mountains with an infallible sense of direction?}
4 Lambert: Back into the underground passage, all in favour?
4 Kyros: Aye.
4 Mordekai: Aye.
4 Draak: Draak.

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scion, n. 1. a descendant. 2. a shoot or twig, esp. one cut for grafting or planting; a cutting.

It's a fancy dwarven way of saying that he's a "son of the mountains".

Interestingly, up until one minute ago when I grabbed my dictionary to look up and copy the precise definition of this word, I'd always assumed it was pronounced with a hard "c" sound: sky-on. Apparently not. The "c" is silent, like in "science": sigh-on.

I honestly don't think I've ever heard anyone say this word.


Thanks to comments from approximately 600 readers, I am now somewhat reliably informed that the word "scion" is used extensively in the movie Dogma, and also that there is a make of Toyota marketed in the USA named the "Scion". Seems like an odd name for a car to me, but then pretty much all car names sound weird.

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